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A Licensing Primer for Photographers





When most people think of what a photographer does, they just think about taking pictures. A photographer has many more responsibilities. He must pose subjects, create suitable lighting, know how to work with many different types of equipment, develop photographs, and choose the best shots for framing and other purposes. Photographers should be able to make a great deal of money for their talents, but the expense of purchasing equipment and supplies, plus other costs associated with photography, mean that many photographers barely break even. There is one way that photographers can make more money, and that is through licensing.

Licensing is the transfer of copyright, in whole or in part, from one party to another. Both parties benefit in some way from entering into a licensing agreement. When a photographer licenses his work to another person or company, the photographer is the licensor and the person or company is the licensee. When licensing the use of a photograph to another party, the photograph can make the license exclusive or non-exclusive. An exclusive license limits how the photographer can further use the work. A non-exclusive license gives the photographer the right to license the work to other parties. The photographer usually receives some monetary benefit for licensing, but production credit and other benefits may also be realized.

When determining a licensing fee, photographers need to take several factors into consideration. The first component of a licensing fee should be the photographer's costs of doing business. The photographer needs to know how much their costs are so that they can meet the costs and still have enough left to make a profit. The second thing included in a licensing fee is a usage fee. Usage fees will depend on how much a photograph is being used and what it is being used for by the licensee. If the photograph being licensed will only be used once, the usage fee will be lower than if the photograph were to be used several times. Photographers also need to consider how a photograph will be used when determining usage fees. If a photograph will appear on the cover of a magazine, the usage fee will cost more than if the photograph were appearing inside the magazine alongside one of the articles. The photographer must also consider production costs when determining a licensing fee.

There are some factors to consider when licensing that a photographer does not have direct control over. While the photographer cannot control these factors, he should still be aware of them so he can come up with a licensing fee that makes sense for the market. Geographic location will play a big part in how much a photographer can charge for licensing. A photographer working in New York City or Los Angeles will be able to charge more than a photographer in rural Kansas. Other factors to consider when determining a licensing fee include the potential licensee's history as a business and what industry standard rates are for specific projects. When a photographer takes all of these considerations into account, he will be more likely to determine a licensing fee that benefits his business.

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